Many choices for Fourth in Pa., W.Va.

July 02, 2010|From staff reports

What are your plans for the Fourth of July weekend?

Interested in a parade? Outdoor music? Some place to take the family?

The choices are plentiful in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia and Franklin County, Pa.

Here are a few samples:

Waynesboro, Pa.

o Country music artist Sean Patrick McGraw brings his country-rock band to Waynesboro's Summer Jubilee from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Other entertainment will feature music from local bands including Dimestore Profit and Phaze 3. All entertainment is free of charge.

o The Firecracker 5K Run will also take place in conjunction with the jubilee. The 5K run will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the children's 1-mile fun run will begin at 8 a.m. Registration forms are available at the Waynesboro Area YMCA, the Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce and on the Summer Jubilee Web site.


o The Fourth of July Parade, sponsored by the Brothers of the Brush, will begin at 10:30 a.m. and run along Main Street.

A variety of food and craft vendors also will line the grounds during the jubilee. The craft show will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and feature a large selection of items available for purchase.

o The annual fireworks display will take place at dusk and will feature a special tribute to our nation's military troops.

For more details about Summer Jubilee, visit

Greencastle, Pa.

o Children's crafts, children's parade, mini-train rides and most patriotic family contest will be a part of Greencastle's Fourth of July celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday at Tayamentasachta Environmental Center pavilion and Walnut Grove areas, 500 Leitersburg St.

Entertainment by Wing and a Prayer.

All community members are invited to join the festivities by bringing lawn chairs or a blanket and having a picnic lunch that they've prepared. On a first-come-first-served basis, picnic tables will be available. For those who do not wish to prepare lunch ahead of time, Shady Grove Cub Scout Pack 95 will have hamburgers, hot dogs, water and soft drinks for sale.

The event will be held rain or shine. School district property is a non-alcoholic facility. Donations will be accepted to cover overhead expenses.

Tayamentasachta Environmental Center pavilion and Walnut Grove areas, 500 Leitersburg St. Call 717-597-9325 or go to

Chambersburg, Pa.

o The 21-Day-Retreat final flag ceremony - a military tradition honoring the American Flag from Flag Day to Fourth of July - will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday at Chambersburg Memorial Park's Kiwanis Bandshell.

The solemn ceremony will be followed by a program of patriotic music by Mercersburg Area Community Band, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Fireworks will begin at dusk in the park.

o Families may also view the Chambersburg fireworks from the grounds of St. Paul United Methodist Church, 750 Norland Ave.

Activities begin at 7 p.m. with a live band and games for children, plus free hot dogs, ice cream, sodas and water. The church will also be collecting canned goods for a local food pantry.

Martinsburg, W.Va.

o Entertainment, food vendors and special activities for kids begin at 1 p.m. at War Memorial Park.

Entertainment includes The Magic of Michael T at 6:30 p.m. and Mountaineer Blue Grass at 8 p.m. Mini-train rides will run from 5 to 9 p.m. and miniature pony rides will run from 6 to 9 p.m.

Fireworks paid for by the City of Martinsburg will start at 9:30 p.m.

Go to or call 304-264-4842.

Shepherdstown, W.Va.

o The parade will step off at 3 p.m. at the top of German Street and proceed all the way to the Rumsey Memorial Park on Mill Street. The picnic will be held right afterwards at the Rumsey Park, and last until 8:30 p.m.

Admission to the picnic will be free but donations to help cover the event's costs will be appreciated.

A variety of food and beverage items will be available for purchase. All proceeds from sales of these items will also be used to help cover costs.

There will be many children's activities at the picnic during the afternoon.

o The evening will feature musical entertainment, with Shepherd University's Jazz Ultimatum performing from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Chris Crawford and the Giants of Tiny Town performing from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The event will not include fireworks.

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